Police resort to caning on people trying to install statue

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 06 May 2018 10:04:16


Staff Reporter,

Six people injured in stone-pelting on police, local residents

District police resorted to cane charge after supporters of a political group allegedly pelted stones on police personnel and other local residents over installation of statue of Dr Ambedkar at a square in Baghsewania area on Saturday afternoon. The issue escalated after the group installed a statue and started worshipping it at square without having permission from the district administration.

According to Baghsewania police, the group was led by one Jaswant Rao, who is District President of the SC/ST Morcha who had come with his 150 supporters, including women.
Police said the accused installed a statue of Babasaheb Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar at Om Nagar Square in Baghmugaliya area at around 12 pm and the gathering started worshipping it. However, the locals including people from Parmar community opposed the act and informed police. Police upon reaching the spot asked them to produce permission for it. However, police said they did not procure any permission from concerned authorities and started worshipping the statue. The matter escalated to an extent that SDOP Misrod Vijay Punj and other officials, including Tehsildar also reached the place. However, despite insistence of officials, the group refused to budge and allegedly started pelting stones on police team and also on others. Police thus resorted to cane charge after which the crowd was disbursed while Rao and one Sachin Verma were taken into custody. Later, a case under sections 336, 341 and 147 of the IPC has been registered against Rao, Sachin and their supporters based on the complaint of a local resident Abhishek Parmar and they were later granted bail. Local MLA Surendra Nath Singh also visited Baghsewania police station when he came to know about the incident. Superintendent of Police (South) Rahul Kumar Lodha when contacted said that the culprits have been booked under relevant sections while the situation was brought under control immediately.